Happy New Year!

And here’s Blake, Chet’s Friend of the Month for January. Next month this could be you! Click the Facebook link for more.



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68 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:06 am on January 1st, 2016

    Good 2016 morning, everyone! Welcome Blake, you are quite a looker. Mom climbed into the bed when the neighborhood fireworks started, we held her down.
    Have a friendly, frisky Friday friends and family.

  2. Oley Howlers
    9:07 am on January 1st, 2016

    Happy New Years!!! 2016 is setting up to be our best year ever!!!

  3. Bella Rossa
    9:08 am on January 1st, 2016

    But 2015 was my best year ever, so far…

  4. Kat
    9:18 am on January 1st, 2016

    For all horse lovers (and for those of you who wonder what the magic is all about), please watch this lovely short film. It is the magic of horsey happiness in 3 minutes 14 seconds.

  5. Tupper's Mama
    9:46 am on January 1st, 2016

    Greetings to the new year – one of hope, peace, health and joy.

    Let’s dance!

  6. B.Stover
    9:53 am on January 1st, 2016

    Welcome Blake! (What are you doing with your leash?)

    Happy New Year all.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:03 am on January 1st, 2016

    Kat, thank you for sharing the horse film. As usual, the animal is smarter than the person. When will 2 leggers learn?

  8. Tyb
    10:27 am on January 1st, 2016

    Wishing everyone the happiest and healthiest New Year yet !

  9. Herd of Hounds
    10:29 am on January 1st, 2016

    TYB, thanks for another beautiful calendar page. 🙂

  10. Kat
    10:34 am on January 1st, 2016

    Tyb! We hung our Plunderer 2016 calendar. How appropriate that you are on Page 1!!!

    HOH, we see many young horse-crazy girls part with their horses as they age into clothing, boys, and then motherhood. We love that some of them come back to horse-crazy.

  11. Tyb
    10:36 am on January 1st, 2016

    Kat, Thanks for the horse film. It says it all. Welcome Blake, you’re a great intro to a new year.

  12. Rose-the small and meek
    10:50 am on January 1st, 2016


    Happy New Year! I actually stayed up to watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year with Grizz! (I think it was the non-strengthening cocktail that did it). :^)

    The GOOGLE doodle of yesterday is now animated.

    Congratulations to the new Friend of the Month, Blake!

    Wishing all of you a New Year filled with happiness, health, friendship, hope, new beginnings, and most of all love.

    Thank you to my blog family for your continued support, kindness, and generosity!

  13. Rose-the small and meek
    10:52 am on January 1st, 2016

    Hoping that the power of the quilt, and Tenzing’s superior skill at being a pillow will soon have our Pixie back to tip-top!

  14. Zeus and The Donut
    11:03 am on January 1st, 2016

    We are struttin’ with the Mummers!

  15. The Storyteller
    11:08 am on January 1st, 2016

    My thanks for all your prayers and kind thoughts. I want to wish each of you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2016. You will all be in our prayers.
    The Storyteller.

  16. Staff
    12:16 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Oh my! You are so welcome Mr.Storyteller sir. I love your prayers.

    Horses. I wanted a horse when I was young and wishy. I got 5 brothers and sisters and no horse. sniff. But I wouldn’t trade my sisters and brother for a horse. Now.

  17. Staff
    12:23 pm on January 1st, 2016

    If you missed the northern lights last night…it was cloudy here…here is a wonderful tiny video. With wolves howling.


  18. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    12:23 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happy 2016. We hope that this is the best year ever for all of the Plunderers and their families.

  19. Zeus
    12:36 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Staff, that was simply beautiful. Where was that?
    Mom and Pop plan to travel Way Up North one day just to witness this spectacle firsthand.

  20. Herd of Hounds
    1:02 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Zeus, our mom has missed the lights both times she went to the Iditarod 🙁
    Maybe some day. Thanks, Staff, I listened and sang a little. Mom taught me (LL) to sing.

  21. BooBear
    1:17 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happy New Year, friends! Mom has been enjoying her week off so has been catching up on the blog in spurts. Glad the Pixie is doing better. Mom hopes she is going to be able to walk okay when she heads north to Alaska. It is sounding like they are not having a good snow year again. Hopefully, the next two months brings lots of snow to the trail.

    HOH’s, you answered a question we were about to ask. What is the likelihood of seeing the northern lights in person? Sounds like not very good from your report.
    Maybe this year?

    Mom aspent New Years Eve with friends at their house. A group of about 7 just visiting, eating and playing card/dice games. No cocktails for her since she was driving home (even the short 10 minute drive.). 2016 came in cold and blustery here and Mom is relaxing and watching TV instead of undecorating. She still has the weekend for that.

    Wishing all our friends on the blog a wonderful new year of peace and happiness.

  22. Macy the Min Pin
    1:18 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happy New Year for reals y’all!
    Mom got up and went to the resale shop to work and now she is back here to spend the day with us, us, us. She forgot to get her blackeyed peas while she was out. Oh, well.

    For some reason, all my videos go to black when I try to play them. I still get audio, just no picture. Bummer.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    1:43 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year. Day One of 366.

  24. Wolfie
    1:58 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Yes! Cheers to a wonderful, prosperous and blessed year!

  25. c.hobbit
    2:12 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Good day and good year to everyone. What nice photos and vids today on the blog. We will hope for clear nights and northern lights during the Iditarod this year.

    More nudges for more pats!
    More nudges for more walks!
    De-squeak more squeaky toys!
    Escape into the neighborhood! (starred)
    Eat more bacon! (double starred)
    Show Mr. Big who is boss!
    Peace and love to everyone not Mr. Big!

    Exert mind control on dog
    Exert mind control on human
    Become Mr. Huge
    Show Sadie once and for all who is boss
    Ignore everyone especially Sadie

  26. Zeus
    2:25 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Those are good resolutions, Sadie.
    Mr. Big: I think you will keep your resolutions without a problem. Heh!

  27. dawson
    2:26 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happy 2016 to everyone!

    I love that picture of handsome Blake and the locale is stunning as well. Congrats!

    Staff: Thanks for the video of the Northern lights. I was up most of the night scouring the skies with no luck at all.

    Kat: Thanks for posting that horse video even if it made my eyes leak. I shared it with my horsey daughter in law. I remember when Staff was horse crazy. Glad she didn’t trade me in back then – I know she wanted to at times.

    I had signed up for the fitness class at noon but he called me up at almost 9 (I was barely up) wondering if I could come at 10 instead since all the other noon people cancelled. So I did.

    After that I was really hungry and had the black-eyed peas with some leeks, spinach, fenugreek seasoning and Mennonite pork sausage with jalapenos and cheddar. Oh my dog, it was sooo good.
    I will have to make the cornbread later.

    Thanks for the calendar page, Mr Tyb and the prayers, Storyteller.

    I wish you all a year of peace, joy and unconditional Chet-the-dog love.

  28. Linda
    2:34 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happiest of new years, everyone!

  29. bluecat
    2:35 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Happy 2016 Plunderers all.

    Our eyes leaked when we watched the horse video. Our friend Leo went over the bridge in fall. We know he will be a strong spirit horse for AJ on the trail.

    Wishing each of you health, peace and joy this coming year.

    From Louise Penny’s January newsletter:

    “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.” ~~ A.A. Milne ~~

    XOXO Bluecat

  30. Thieves!
    2:53 pm on January 1st, 2016

    What’s this? The Storyteller posted on this here blog!

    Storyteller: We’re revving up the tricked out wheelchairs. You and Pancho vs. Martha and Lefty—What do you say, best twenty out of thirty? We will let our Lady know that she takes the winner.

    Bluekat: Our Lady thanks you for the quote by A.A. Milne. Sniff.

  31. BooBear
    3:37 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Bluecat, Mom has that quote on a plaque that is hanging on the wall by the back door. It helps her every day.

  32. Masquers
    4:06 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Feeling quite sentimental on this first day at the top of the year…what with a special post from the Storyteller, a northern lights/howling wolves video, a girl and her horse mini movie, Tyb’s newest calendar, and the wonderful A.A. Milne quote. sniff.

    Mr. Big and Sadie: Shake paws and come out boxing…you have an extra day to try and get along this year.

  33. Masquers
    4:11 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Just checked out today’s Google doodle…thanks for the reminder, Rose!

  34. Terry Ballard
    4:20 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Excellent quote. My quote of the day is “In wickedness of pride is lost the light to understand how little grace is earned and how much given,” by Robert Hunter. You can apply that to any politician for whom it seems to fit.

    Yuji says hi. He’s still waiting for his moment of fame here.

  35. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:59 pm on January 1st, 2016

    God photos, videos and quotes today. Thank you all for sharing.

    Bee, Blake is wearing a special kind of collar-it fits over the nose and is supposed to cut down on pulling. Can’t remember the name of it.

  36. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:02 pm on January 1st, 2016

    LOL, That should be good photos. Must remember to proof read!

    Also, I think that collar is really called a head halter.

  37. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    5:12 pm on January 1st, 2016

    To start the New Year with a real feel good moment, read the link below about an abandoned dog in San Francisco born with no front legs, who has had an amazing turn of luck and good fortune. Some tissues may be necessary.


  38. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:25 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Sweet little Daffodil!

  39. dawson
    5:42 pm on January 1st, 2016

    BlueKat: I, too, thank you for that A.A.Milne quote and for sponsoring Kaltag to honor Leo, Shiek and all equines. I know AJ will appreciate the strength, the loyalty, the intelligence, the joy of running and the sense of humor that Leo and all equines will add to the Snowhook team on the trail.

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:33 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Hope!…My hope for this New Year is that Mr Big never partners up with Alice….yikes!

  41. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:35 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Cornbread is in the oven. Ham, beans and black eyed peas are ready. I forgot the pickled herring tho. Is it too late if I have it tomorrow?

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:44 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Black-eyed peas!….What do they symbolize on New Years Day?…snort!…In fact wot does all the ham and beans mean and anything else that is cooked each year? …sniff!…We here are having chicken noodle soup and grilled cheeze for supper….grunt!…Tomorrow and Sunday are the big “cook” days to store up food for the winter…chuffle!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:45 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Shaun!…We are gearing up to sit down, relax and watch “Shaun The Sheep Movie”….heh!heh!…I’m already laughing out loud…chorkel!

  44. Zeus
    6:53 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Barb and Bee, that halter that Blake is wearing is called a Gentle Leader. Some trainer dude thought it could work for me. Mom and Pop and I laughed at that thought.
    BlueKat, Mom got teary reading that quote. She can hear her studly steed whispering that in her ear. She really really wishes he was going to Aiken with us.
    The ‘rents had their New Years pork and sauerkraut and black eyed peas. It smelled marvelous, but I got none. Sob

  45. Herd of Hounds
    7:01 pm on January 1st, 2016

    W&TRR’s dad, thanks for the wonderful story. Tissues indeed.

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    7:03 pm on January 1st, 2016

    New Year dinner here was barbecue ribs, cole slaw and French fries. Followed by apple pie.
    Gramp says that starts the year off right.

  47. dawson
    7:14 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Rio: Scroll down once to “Lucky New Years Food.”
    Black-eyed peas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_pea

    I’ll watch W&TRR’s link now.

  48. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    7:22 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Our big New Year’s tradition is the lighting of a pair of bayberry candles. I think this is a New England based tradition. Supposed to bring good luck in the new year. Our are lit now.

  49. Zeus
    7:24 pm on January 1st, 2016

    A friend of ours from India says black eye beans are known worldwide for starting a new year.

  50. Martha
    7:28 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Tonight’s traditional meal was split pea soup. Why? My sister-in-law always sends us a honey baked ham just after Christmas. By January 1st, it is time to throw that bone in a pot and make the soup. Yum!

  51. Diane C.
    7:34 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Rejoicing in Wose’s prognosis, The Storyteller’s post (and evidence of recovery), and the expected-any-minute good news about Rebecca (for whom prayers are continuing nonstop).
    Bright Blessings to all in this New Year, and restrained but heartfelt slurps on the nose from Edgar and Ms. Pretty. (Also from me, except for the nose slurps.)

  52. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:39 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Prospered!…So have you all prospered by eating these lucky black-eyed peas?…grunt!…I fear this has no meaning what so ever for me…sniff!

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    7:53 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Wookie and Teddy RR’s Dad – the bayberry candle thing is actually Swedish but has translated to being a New England thing. Traditionally, you are supposed to light the taper candle and let it burn until it is gone. Most people that follow the tradition burn the candle in a sink since it takes many hours for the candle to be gone.
    The famous Yankee Candle company started making New Year’s bayberry tapers a few years ago that were smaller and thinner so they would burn faster.

    (Thanks for the nose slurps Edgar and Miss Pretty)

  54. Herd of Hounds
    8:18 pm on January 1st, 2016

    BooBear, the past 2 years have had serious cloud cover so no visibility. We are going to ask Dog for clear skies in March this year.

  55. Staff
    8:33 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Zeus, It was somewhere near Ely Minnesota. That is near where the photographer lives. His name is Jim Brandenburg. Check out this site


    They are doing it over again this year. Starting today. I didn’t start watching it until sometime in March last year.

  56. dawson
    8:38 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Rio: This is my first New Year’s Day that I ate black-eyed peas and I went to the Post Office today and got a Christmas card from Dad that had a check in it! Was not expecting that at all.
    I also ate all those “lucky” foods mentioned in Wikipedia in addition to the peas so who knows!

    Hello to Diane C (thanks for no nose slurp), Edgar and Ms. Pretty!

  57. Herd of Hounds
    8:54 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Wowser, DianeC. We hope that your new semester is lots better than the last one. We like to hear from you!

  58. Herd of Hounds
    9:00 pm on January 1st, 2016

    By the way, it is 36° here in southeast Tennessee. The really exciting news said it’s going down to 28 tonight. It will be our coldest night in the trailer and we hope all the preparations that our peeps made will stand up to the cold. We will report on this in the morning. Assuming of course that we don’t freeze our tails off! We know we are cold wussies but we just aren’t used to it.

  59. dawson
    9:25 pm on January 1st, 2016

    HOH: Brrrr! You’re giving me goosebumps!

    I’m off to the warm bedroom and a heating pad. Just finished watching the Mark Twain Comedy Award Show with Eddie Murphy being deservedly honored with many talented comedians paying homage.
    I am ready to resume Mr. Twain’s biography, hoping that the last 100 pages give me a few laughs.

  60. Tenzing
    9:42 pm on January 1st, 2016

    We had to move the Quilt to our shower stall last night during the height of the fireworks last night as a safety precaution. Luckily, everyone kept a cool head during the move.

  61. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:44 pm on January 1st, 2016

    I always thought black eyed peas were a southern tradition. Never knew they were part of the Jewish New Year as well. Seems it might be world wide.

    Rio, we make it as part of the tradition, but let’s face it. Ham, beans and cornbread are just plain delicious!

    I hope if you were having chicken noodle soup it was something homemade and not Campbell’s. That stuff is gross!

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Food!…I have never thought about certain foods being lucky…snort!…I know I am lucky if I get to eat certain food groups like beef jerky and slim jims, prime rib, steak, even hamburger and greenie hip and joint treaties and any other kind of meat then cheese and AND Cookies!…yum!slurp!…Black eyed peas…not so much…burp!

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Barb!…Homemade?….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!..snort!…The only homemade food that will be made around here is set for tomorrow and Sunday while my friend has time off and it is too damn cold and too much snow out there to do anything else…grump!…She did all the shopping today as she cannot shop and cook on the same day for some reason…wheeze!

  64. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Top-Chef!….Hey! Top Chef has been on and we were not aware till tonight!…snort!snort!…Best food show ever except for The Worst Cooks In America…heh!heh!….Two extremes.

  65. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Day 1!….grump!..So much for day one…sniff!

  66. Tupper's Mama
    11:37 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Sometimes a day is only what you make it.
    Hope our SnowBella is OK tonight.
    And g’night from here.

  67. Staff
    11:59 pm on January 1st, 2016

    Goodnight Tupper’s Mama and RioTEP

  68. Staff
    12:04 am on January 2nd, 2016

    Keiko napping…

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